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The Kingdom of Heaven

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February 16, 2021
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Leon Fontaine is showing people across the earth how to unleash the miraculous in their everyday lives and take Jesus to their families; friends; and communities.

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The Kingdom of Heaven

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would youchange in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash themiraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live inpeace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join LeonFontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, seniorpastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEOof Canada's only
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  • Christian TV station.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: If you gaveyour life to Jesus Christ, and
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  • you are not enjoying being acitizen of heaven, a citizen of
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  • the kingdom of God. Then you myfriend have missed something.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly.So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrichyour soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Today, I want to talkabout a kingdom. A kingdom is
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  • different than a democracy. Akingdom has a king. Did you know
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  • that earth is a colony ofheaven. It is an outpost of the
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  • kingdom of heaven and it is withthe language of heaven. The
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  • culture of heaven. The values ofheaven. The morals of heaven.
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  • The convictions of heaven. Thelifestyle of heaven. You have to
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  • understand that earth wasdesigned as a colony of heaven.
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  • Man was made in the likeness andthe image of God. Earth was made
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  • in the likeness and the image ofheaven. Heaven has food,
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  • friendship, laughter. It hasroads, trees, water. The earth
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  • has friendship, roads, trees,water, getting together. When
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  • you take a look at heaven andearth, you understand that it's
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  • got homes. It's got some form ofhouses, relationships, etcetera.
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  • So the kingdom of God or thekingdom of heaven which
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  • basically means the same thing.One the kingdom of God tells you
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  • whose kingdom it is that webelong to, and the kingdom of
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  • heaven simply is a more accurateterm that tells us the resources
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  • that are available to us. I wantyou to understand that the
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  • believers today, they live inreligion rather than in the
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  • kingdom. John the Baptist whenhe came, he continued to
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  • declare, the kingdom of God isat hand. When Jesus came, He
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  • would preach about the kingdomof heaven. In the New Testament
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  • I think it's over 160 times ittalks about a kingdom. Now, a
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  • kingdom has a king, and thatking owns it all. That king is
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  • the one who determines how thatcountry goes. To know that Jesus
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  • is our King. He is the King ofkings. Now, you have to in order
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  • to understand God's Word and tofunction in the miraculous, you
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  • have to understand that theearth is a colony of heaven. No
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  • wonder when Jesus taught us topray and in other portions of
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  • scripture, it talks about Hiswill being done on earth as it
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  • is in heaven. The same values,language, culture, morals,
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  • convictions, lifestyle. TheBible declares very clearly that
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  • you and I in Matthew 16 andMatthew 18 that authority has
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  • been given to you and I. Thatwhatsoever we lose and allow, is
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  • what is allowed on this colony,this outpost. Whatever is stuck
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  • or bound, is what is to be stuckor bound on this place called
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  • earth. And He's given mankindthe job of having dominion, of
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  • running this planet. So whenreligion comes along, and I hate
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  • religion. I'm using it in anegative sense because it is
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  • man-made rules, manmade ideas.It is manmade beliefs that deal
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  • real revelation from God'speople. And religions says, "Not
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  • yet, not yet, in the sweet byand by." Religions says, "Not
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  • yet, not yet, one day you'llhave a mansion. Today, it is
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  • just a cabin. Not yet, not yet,healing is not ultimately for
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  • today but when you die, you willbe healed when you get to
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  • heaven. But not yet, not yet,prosperity is not a very good
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  • topic and it's something thatwrecks Christianity. So not yet,
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  • not yet, but one day you'll havestreets paved with gold. One
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  • day, one whole coral with be agate in the new Jerusalem where
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  • all of our dream will befulfilled. But not yet, not yet,
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  • now we just live in abjectpoverty, stupidity. We live
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  • underneath the world who waswiser than us and smarter than
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  • us. They have more power thanus, and the world's going to
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  • just get bader and darker." Yougot to be careful when you use
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  • these terms because if you'retalking about this world from
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  • the kingdom of darkness, yes, itcontinually gets worse. But the
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  • kingdom of light continuallygets brighter. You know, in the
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  • Hebrew, the word for darkness isthe same as the word for
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  • ignorance. The kingdom ofdarkness is a kingdom of
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  • ignorance. We think because theyhave degrees that involved the
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  • five senses, that they havebrilliant people. But I have
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  • noticed over the years thatbrilliant people get a brain
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  • cramp when they try to read theWord in their thinking, in the
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  • way they look at things. Thatbrilliant people, they just get
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  • messed up when they try to readthe Word of God, unless the Holy
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  • Spirit begins to show them andreveal to them. Likewise, in the
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  • Hebrew the word for knowledge isthe same as the word for light.
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  • So when you talk about a kingdomof light, we're talking about a
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  • kingdom of knowledge. We'retalking about a kingdom where
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  • you have access to a knowledgeyou cannot reach with your five
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  • sense. There is a knowledge.There is an understanding. And
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  • by the way, understanding is astrength of the heart. It's not
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  • of the mind. The mind simplysecures and gathers knowledge.
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  • But wisdom is the application ofthis knowledge, of bringing this
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  • knowledge to working in yourlife. So you and I have to make
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  • a decision. And that is all ofus have desires, all of us have
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  • desires for things in life. Andwe judge the Bible, and we want
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  • that but not this. We want to doit our way not His way. And so
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  • the vast majority of believersin today's world, if they die
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  • and they are born-again, they goto be with Jesus in the place
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  • called heaven. But while theyare on the planet, rather than
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  • living as a citizen of heaven.They live in the culture and the
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  • values of this world. Thisfallen world. And religion comes
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  • along and tries to just kind ofwoe you into this. You will just
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  • put up with it. Maybe it's apart of God's plan that you are
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  • poor, sick, depressed, unhappy,with relationships failing and
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  • finances going down. This is theway that we bring Him glory.
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  • This is the way that we learnand grow. And so religion has
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  • literally destroy our ability tobe citizens of the kingdom of
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  • heaven. There is a differencebetween a citizen and somebody
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  • who is a member. When you arethe citizen of a country, that
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  • country now all its wealth, allof its resources are yours.
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  • Everywhere you go, you representyour country. Now, you can be a
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  • member of a club. You can be amember of some kind of group,
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  • but you can't really be a memberof our nation. You can come and
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  • most people who come to Canada.And by the way, when you look
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  • and see all the other religionsand how they start their
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  • countries. They all want to getto countries with that have
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  • Christian banking systems andthe way they treat women and
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  • children and finances, etcetera.We have to understand that to be
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  • a citizen, once you are acitizen of the nation of Canada,
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  • they don't take that away. Youmight lose some rights of, and
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  • freedom if you're going to starthurting people. Lying, cheating,
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  • stealing. They might lock you upfor a while and take away those
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  • rights of a citizen. But onceyou become a citizen of a
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  • country. They do not remove.They cannot remove your
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  • citizenship. Now, you can giveit up and walk away and go be a
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  • citizen of another country. Butin order for you and I to
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  • understand the kingdom ofheaven. We need to lose our
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  • religious thinking and recognizethat when Jesus came, He said,
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  • "The kingdom of God is at hand."John the Baptist said, "The
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  • kingdom of God is at hand." Andthere are two kingdoms on this
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  • planet. The kingdom of darknessand the kingdom of light. The
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  • kingdom of ignorance to thethings and the ways of God and
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  • the kingdom of knowledge. Andnow my people perished for a
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  • lack of this knowledge. Whatknowledge? The knowledge of God.
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  • A knowledge of an unseen realm.The knowledge of a kingdom that
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  • you are in, that you cannot seeand it's not with observation.
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  • But this kingdom is within you.And this kingdom the Bible says
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  • is literally righteousness,peace, and joy in the Holy
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  • Spirit. I pray today as youlisten to this message, that you
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  • make a decision to seek firstthe kingdom of God. You see,
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  • priorities are a big issue. Icould teach you the ten things
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  • to do that will make your lifestrong. And if you do, you know,
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  • item four to seven with suchexcellence, but you ignore
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  • numbers one, two, and three.There is a priority and your
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  • priorities must be looked after.The Bible says in Matthew 6, it
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  • gives us our first priority. Itsays, "Seek first." Not second,
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  • not third. Seek first thekingdom of God and His
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  • righteousness. Which means Hisway of doing things. The Bible
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  • talks about paths ofrighteousness. These are paths
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  • that you should take. Ephesians2:10 in the Amplified says that
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  • these paths are created for youahead of time. And so one of the
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  • keys to you living a life filledwith the power of the kingdom of
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  • God and you walking on thisplanet in the blessing and the
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  • lifestyle of heaven in peace andjoy, meeting every need, walking
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  • in health, that you and I needto understand the kingdom of
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  • God. When we understand thekingdom and that it's number
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  • one. Now, if we go and we'd havea colony. You know, when you go
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  • back to years ago when Britainand France and Spain, they would
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  • have colonies. And if you studythe different countries around
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  • the world, you can find in themiddle of Africa a country that
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  • speaks French. You can find inanother place a country that
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  • speaks English like the Bahamasbecause Great Britain, it was a
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  • colony. And you realize thatthere was a country that had a
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  • colony. They had an outpost.They brought their language.
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  • They brought their laws. Theybrought their food. And they're
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  • people that came from othercountries that were even in that
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  • country. They changed, theircitizenship changed. If they're
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  • a part of an outpost, they nowbecome a citizen of that
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  • country. But it changeseverything in your life. If you
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  • gave your life to Jesus Christ,and you are not enjoying being a
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  • citizen of heaven, a citizen ofthe kingdom of God. Then you my
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  • friend have missed something.You are living your life as, and
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  • you are a citizen of a kingdomthat is not doing anything for
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  • you. It's already done it, butyou have not learned to access
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  • its values, its lifestyle, itsprotection, all of its
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  • resources. Wherever I go asCanadian citizen, I represent
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  • Canada. And they often will takeabout whatever countries I'm in.
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  • Whenever I do things or don't dothings, they'll talk about me as
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  • the Canadian. But wherever I goas well, I'm a Canadian which
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  • means Canada looks after me. Youdon't mess with me if I enter
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  • into a country and I hand themmy passport. And that person of
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  • that passport, oh, not thepassport but at the airport is
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  • looking at me and has been giventhe authority to stamp my
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  • passport. That means that onceit is stamped and I entered that
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  • country. That country isoffering me all the protections
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  • and freedoms that it can to keepmy way as a Canadian here. Now,
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  • I've got to obey their laws inthat country as well. But
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  • there's a stamped that acceptsme. And you have to understand,
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  • the more you study kingdoms andcitizenship, the more you
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  • recognize the Bible is about acountry, but it is a kingdom.
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  • And this kingdom has a king. Andthis kingdom has citizens, and
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  • these citizens have all therights and privileges that go
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  • with being a citizen. But I wantyou to know that if your life is
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  • not enjoying the benefits ofbeing in the kingdom of God,
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  • then there's something you'remissing. The access to living in
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  • the kingdom of God on thisplanet is your heart. It's not
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  • your head. You can try to thinkthings through all you want. But
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  • the Bible teaches us guard yourheart with all diligence in
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  • Proverbs 4, because out of itflow the boundaries of your
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  • life. Every country hasboundaries where that country
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  • exist and has all of its powersand armies, etcetera. Did you
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  • know that you as a believer, asa citizen of the kingdom of God,
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  • that they are boundaries thatyou've got to begin to
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  • understand. But you have setyour boundaries so small that
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  • you don't believe you can livein peace. You don't believe that
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  • God can change yourrelationship. So you manipulate
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  • and you withdraw and youdominate. And you try to make
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  • your relationship be what youneed for your life in your
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  • marriage, in your family, inyour home. And what you don't
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  • recognize is that you areviolating Holy Spirit's job. It
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  • is Holy Spirit that flows in thekingdom of heaven working and
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  • flowing and you and I need tounderstand. In Matthew 3:1-2.
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  • "In those days came John theBaptist preaching in the
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  • wilderness of Judea, and saying,'Repent, for the kingdom of
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  • heaven is at hand.'" Why arethose two things put together
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  • repent? Now, we automaticallythink of horrible sin. Repent,
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  • weep, cry. No. that's nobody's-, The word "repent" means to
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  • change the way you think, changethe way you believe which will
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  • change the way you act. And thenJesus in Matthew 4:17, it says,
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  • "From that time Jesus began topreach and to say, 'Repent, for
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  • the kingdom of heaven is athand.'" Jesus preached that the
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  • kingdom of heaven was here. Andwhen He died on the cross and
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  • gave His life for you and I. Asyou continually hear me say, His
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  • death, His burial, Hisresurrection, His ascension to
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  • the righthand of the Father.These are keys because the
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  • kingdom is here. We're notbegging and praying, "Oh, let
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  • your kingdom come." As thoughit's not here. No, the kingdom
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  • is here. When Jesus was sayingthousands of years ago, the
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  • kingdom is at hand. He didn'tmean, "Oh, they go a thousand
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  • years." No, it was about tohappen. It's going to be a
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  • born-again. You and I would onceagain have the governor of the
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  • colony that was there back inthe garden of Eden before Adam
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  • and Eve came against the Kingand His kingdom and disobeyed
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  • Holy Spirit, left their humanspirit. And here, He's back
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  • because of what Jesus did on thecross, paying for your sin,
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  • taking the curse, dying in yourand my place. But what you're
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  • going to have to understand isthat you will need to repent
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  • every day. Leon, what are youtalking about? I'm not talking
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  • about listing your sins. I'm nottalking as though the cross
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  • wasn't a finished work. I'mtalking about you changing your
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  • mind about the way you think.The way you believe. The way you
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  • go after things in your life.Where it is you self-centered,
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  • self-focused, self-governing, aself-faith that gets up its
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  • gonna pick yourself up by yourbootstraps. Until you and I
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  • repent of this self-centerednessand believe in the finished work
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  • of the cross and in what Jesushas done. Then you will walk in
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  • the favour and the blessing ofGod in an easy and effortless
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  • way. And as you go into God'sWord and you continue and say,
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  • "God change me. Help me to knowYour Word. Help me to pick up my
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  • cross." What does that mean? Itmeans die daily to your puny
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  • thinking. We need to die dailyto how we got relationships to
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  • work. How we got money to work.How we got things to happen. And
  • 00:21:12.653 --> 00:21:17.224
  • let's begin to recognize like itsays in Matthew 6:33, it says
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  • that we should seek first thekingdom of God, and it says and
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  • His righteousness. And I lovethe way the Amplified puts it,
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  • His way of doing things. Are youweary, tired, worn-out? And
  • 00:21:30.705 --> 00:21:37.044
  • trying to change yourrelationships, your marriage,
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  • your kids, your friendships,your family, your career, your
  • 00:21:39.347 --> 00:21:43.084
  • mind, or you're struggling withdepression, loneliness, anxiety.
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  • Are you always blaming someoneelse? We always blame the person
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  • closest to us in our, like in amarriage or a close friend, or
  • 00:21:51.025 --> 00:21:56.464
  • if you're single parent, maybe achild. And we hold them
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  • responsible for the way we feel.And we don't understand that
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  • until you die to your stinkythinking. Until you die to your,
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  • the way you have gotten to whereyou are, which is repent. Change
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  • the way you think. Change theway you act, the way you live.
  • 00:22:13.647 --> 00:22:18.152
  • Immerse yourself in God's Wordand His teachings. And let's
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  • start a life of being able toenter into the kingdom of
  • 00:22:22.323 --> 00:22:28.295
  • heaven. I don't mean the placecalled heaven. We'll get there
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  • when we die. I mean, thiskingdom of heaven. This kingdom
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  • of God as a citizenship withfull rights. Miracles are your
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  • rights. Healing is your rightsand privileges. Jesus has won.
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  • Every promise in the Bible isyours and He's qualified you for
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  • it. Why are so many people, somany people not entering the
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  • kingdom? Not enjoying thekingdom life enjoying it. It's
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  • not because the Word doesn'twork. It's not because the cross
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  • didn't work. It's because youneed to die to your way of doing
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  • things and humbly come in dailyand begin to change of heart
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  • change. Heart is different thanyour five senses.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Some of ourgreatest joys in life come from
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  • family, but those we love canalso be a source of great pain,
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  • and strife. The good news is,that we can create amazing
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  • family dynamics, even when ourchildren are grown, based on
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  • God's model. In Leon's series,"Building Extraordinary
  • 00:23:40.201 --> 00:23:44.405
  • Relationships", you'll learnyour true identity as a child of
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  • God, and how you canstop depending on others
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  • for your sense of worth.
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  • -LEON: As Christian parents,when you raise children, you
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  • first need to recognize HolySpirit is in them. And they have
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  • been created according to truerighteousness and true holiness.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: You can learnthe keys to nurturing every
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  • relationship. Dust off oldoffenses, rid yourself of guilt,
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  • and rejuvenate all therelationships you hold dear.
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  • Get your copy of
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  • "Building ExtraordinaryRelationships" today.
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  • -LEON: It's so important tounderstand that faith, this
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  • trusting in God. This believingin His Word is crucial. And that
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  • it is what causes and allows thepresence of God to bring
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  • miracles, to bring strength. TheBible says, "This is the victory
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  • that overcomes the world, evenour faith." And so I want to
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  • challenge you. When you giveyour life to Christ, you are
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  • given a measure of faith. Andthat faith needs to grow, and it
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  • grows from knowing truth. So asyou get into God's Word, it says
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  • that as you go into God's Word,hearing it causes faith to rise.
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  • Understanding it causes you togrow in an incredible way. A lot
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  • of people think they understandfaith. That it's just believing.
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  • Now, that's one part of faith.It's hard to explain to people
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  • that as you continue to get toknow Jesus through His Word and
  • 00:25:44.391 --> 00:25:49.196
  • through prayer that somethingchanges in you. And I can tell
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  • when people have been with Jesuseach day in His Word and in
  • 00:25:53.334 --> 00:25:57.404
  • prayer because there's aconfidence. There's a miraculous
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  • thing that follows them. Thereis a favor of God that is upon
  • 00:26:00.941 --> 00:26:05.079
  • their life. Because God's favor,this grace is only released when
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  • we believe it by faith. I wantto challenge you today. Get into
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  • the Word and watch somethingchange in you. Nothing else can
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  • cause faith to rise up exceptHis Word and His Word will build
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  • a relationship between you andJesus. Father, I pray right now.
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  • That there would be this desireto know Jesus, to know Him
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  • through His Word, and throughprayer. Father, I just stand in
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  • agreement with them. It's goingto be a completely new day as
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  • they do this starting today. InJesus' name, amen.
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  • ministry reaches some of thedarkest corners of the world,
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  • You are vital, you can change alife. Act today. And remember,
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